Mike Sonko to know fate of Mombasa governor bid Saturday

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Mombasa Wiper party gubernatorial hopeful, Mike Sonko, will know his fate on Saturday on whether he will be allowed to contest the seat or not during the upcoming elections.

In his application, Sonko wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission (IEBC’s) decision to disqualify him from contesting quashed.

In his application, Sonko and his running mate Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo wants to have the IEBC’s decision (which disqualified him) contained in a media release of June 4 and dated May 17 quashed.

He also wants to have the move by the Mombasa County returning officer to decline to clear him for the governor race also quashed.

The returning officer on June 7 specifically pointed out a move by the Members of County Assembly (MCA) in Nairobi to impeach Sonko in 2020 as the basis for disqualifying him from the polls.

The Wiper Party has also filed a complaint against the decision of the IEBC not to clear Sonko to vie for the seat arguing that the Returning Officer and by extension the IEBC is applying double standards in its decision to refuse to clear him.

Click here to read the full STATEMENT OF COMPLAINT WIPER

Sonko was not cleared on ground of failure to present his original degree certificate, certified copy of the degree certificate and breach of Article 75 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

According to Sonko’s lawyer Derrick Odhiambo his impeachment proceedings have not been concluded and are currently pending before the Supreme Court.

“There are other connected matters pending in connection with this matter in which the applicant (Mr Sonko) has an interest and in which the office of the Attorney General is acting.”

They blame the commission and specifically IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati of not being impartial as well as succumbing to pressure from third parties.

“The second respondent’s (Mr Chebukati) decisions are in conflict with powers and requirements of his office to act independently, impartially and without fear or favour,” argues Sonko.

Meanwhile, the IEBC Dispute Resolution Committee will on Sunday 19th June 2022 rule on whether Independent presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame will be allowed to vie.

Kigame’s appeal was heard this morning, where he argued that he was not given a forum to comply with the electoral body’s set requirements.

The committee is also expected to rule on the petitions filed by three other presidential aspirants, Safina Party presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi, Umoja Summit Party presidential aspirant Walter Mong’are, and Third way alliance aspirant Dr. Ekuru Aukot.

The committee o Thursday night dismissed a complaint lodged by Aukot seeking to revoke the nomination of Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Ekuru had argued that Raila is not a member of the Azimio la Umoja one Kenya coalition party.

He also claimed that Raila is openly state-sponsored to the extent that his presidential bid is openly advertised in the president.go.ke website which is hoisted using public resources and that state and public officers have openly campaigned for him.

This was disputed by Raila’s lawyers who argued that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s Dispute Resolution Committee lacked the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Also, Voter Registration and Electoral Operations acting director Moses Sunkuli swore a replying affidavit on behalf of the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stating that there is no evidence presented that proves the accused is guilty of an election offense, adding that Raila is lawfully a member of a coalition as espoused in the Political Parties Act, 2011.

“The complaint filed is an abuse of due processes as the petitioner should have channeled them to the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement forum or by way of an investigation by the National Police Service,” read part of the affidavit.

Sunkuli also added that claims by Ekuru that Raila is being sponsored from public funds were not issues for consideration during the verification and registration process.

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